, originating from the Office of KIDS, supplements the Master Plan by highlighting
its history and importance to enhancing education technology within the Commonwealth, explaining the manner in which KETS supports the overall mission of the KBE. As the Kentucky Department of Education promotes the continued integration of technology into the classroom, current and emerging trends such as 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are evaluated. The importance of incorporating the human element serves as a reference for districts to ensure the right people are in the right positions and receive the appropriate development to the most effective and efficient use of technology within the learning environment.
In addition to the many recent studies referenced within this Master Plan, Kentucky’s leadership is also demonstrated at the national level through active participation in various professional communities and continually evolving strategic partnerships. The focus areas to support a 21st-century learning environment at the department, district, and school levels are also summarized. KETS: An Analysis provides valuable information for anyone wishing to further understand the various ways in which technology can support learning.
Key processes are a critical component of the P-12 learning system. Within KDE, these key processes encompass human resources, facilities and legal/regulatory considerations, to name a few.
As outlined within key processes, technology plays an integral role in the KBE’s strategic plan by supporting information and knowledge components designed to ensure all Kentucky children are proficient and prepared for success.
In the classrooms and schools of the 21st century it is essential that the data and instructional resources used by teachers and leaders be available in an increasingly technology-based environment. It is with this in mind that Kentucky will focus a great deal of energy on expanding the use of technology in the instructional environment throughout the state. It is the Commonwealth’s vision that every Kentucky teacher will have a full set of digital learning tools available at his/her fingertips to enhance every student’s experience.
Information from Kentucky’s enterprise-level data systems are used for informed decision-making. Key enterprise-level strategies, or projects, that are fully integrated into the KBE’s strategy include the following, while the diagrams underneath depict a comprehensive view. These strategies fall within the Operational priority.
* KIH Next Generation
* Award Contracts for Data and Voice
* Mobile Apps
* School Nutrition Reimbursement System Upgrade
* iTunes U
* Online Testing
The following graphics are interactive in nature and can be fully experienced by selecting the related link or image.
Strategic Technology Enabled Initiatives identifies the foundational components of technology upon which enterprise and portal functions are built, leading to the ultimate goal of end user success and the pinnacle of Unbridled Learning.
KETS Delivery Plan Alignment depicts the relationships between services and initiatives and Unbridled Learning Delivery Plan goals and strategies. Additionally, this graphic demonstrates the KETS Master Plan's location in the big picture. (Note: this graphic represents alignment with an earlier plan structure. Alignment of KETS Services to Delivery's Feb 2014 structure is under development.)
Major KETS Data Systems and Logical Connections demonstrates the interconnectivity between major systems, the inputs and outputs, as well as the primary user base.
District Technology Goals
District Comprehensive Planning
Kentucky’s school districts perform comprehensive planning activities to determine long-range goals for each school. The process encompasses identification of strengths and weaknesses with each school and developing strategies to leverage the strengths and mitigate weaknesses. The coordination of applicable funding sources to support activities and strategies is a key component of this initiative.
Technology Planning Requirements
Through the legislation associated with the development and maintenance of a Master Plan, districts are required to develop Strategic Technology Plans that span at least one but no more than three years. Components of a district strategic technology plan include establishing specific goals related to the following categories.
- Curriculum & Instructional Integration
- Student Technology Literacy
- Professional Development
- Technology Goals Evaluation
Like the Master Plan, the District Technology Strategic Planning process is intended to provide the local level with control over the decisions related to integrating technology into instruction and school business and efficiency based upon the situation and capabilities such as culture, policy and available funding sources. The Master Plan also can be considered a guide for districts to reference and consider when developing their own strategies for technology integration.
The Office of KIDS provides districts with a District Budget Planning Tool and Technology Plan Template for completing their District Technology Plans. These templates ensure that points are covered to meet all federal funding questions. The Office of KIDS also works with districts to provide accurate commodity codes to assist with budgeting. Both documents may be found by clicking here
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